The surname Roblyn/Roblin has some notoriety in Pembrokeshire as the last man to be hanged in the county was a William Roblin.

On Easter Monday, 1821 at Haverfordwest Castle, the middleaged yeoman-come- landlord was executed for the murder of William Davies.

The Roblyns of Fishguard were of better stock. A memorial tablet in the choir of St Mary’s parish church Fishguard, reads…

Mae gan y cyfenw Roblyn/Roblin beth enwogrwydd yn Sir Benfro gan mai William Roblin oedd y dyn olaf i gael ei grogi yn y sir.

Ar ddydd Llun y Pasg, 1821, yng Nghastell Hwlffordd, dienyddiwyd y landlord-iwmyn canol oed am lofruddio William Davies.

Yr oedd  Roblyns Abergwaun o well stoc. Mae tabled goffa yng nghôr eglwys blwyf y Santes Fair, Abergwaun, sy’n darllen…

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THOMAS ROBLYN M.D. who died at his residence CAIRO LODGE, WESTON SUPER MARE, SOMERSET, FEB. 10TH 1855, AGED 75 YEARS. Son of the late BENJAMIN ROBLYN and SARAH his wife, and grandson of the late THOMAS DAVIS and ELIZABETH his wife of LOWER TOWN. Dr Roblyn served as surgeon of “THE BULL DOG”, sloop of war,  when on the coast of Egypt, and at the blockade and surrender of MALTA 1799. He was taken prisoner at ANCONA and when released, returned to EGYPT and afterwards appointed surgeon of the BRIGADE OF SAILORS, co-operating with the army on shore when GRAND CAIRO fell. For the last service, Dr Roblyn received the  TURKISH GOLDEN MEDAL, the  SILVER SPHINX and in 1850 THE QUEEN’S MEDAL. He returned to England as surgeon of the “ULYSSES”, paid off at Woolich in 1802. Roblyn served under LORDS ST. VINCENT, KEITH &NELSON, SIR SYDNEY SMITH and other admirals during an eventful period. He finally practiced as surgeon and physician at CLIFTON, near Bristol, where he was highly and deservedly respected. His end was peace, his relatives sincerely lamented the loss of so estimable a friend. His remains are interred in the same grave as those of his beloved wife REBECCA, at BICESTER, OXFORDSHIRE’ 

So, a great man, no doubt. It is unfortunate then that we know so little of him today. Though it doesn’t sound as if he had direct descendants, there were certainly other Roblyns at Lower Fishguard in more recent times. The newspaper cuttings and adverts above testify to their existence. There were also other Roblyns at Llanwnda parish.

A quick scan of the WWW shows that Roblyns emigrated from Pembrokeshire to Canada in times of old. There is certainly a story to be told here…… with a little more research ……

Felly, dyn arbennig, sdim dwywaith. Mae’n anffodus felly ein bod yn gwybod cyn lleied amdano heddiw. Er nad yw’n swnio fel petai ganddo ddisgynyddion uniongyrchol, yn sicr roedd Roblyniaid eraill yng Nghwm Abergwaun yn fwy diweddar. Mae’r toriadau papur newydd a’r hysbysebion uchod  yn tystio i’w bodolaeth. Yr oedd Roblyniaid eraill hefyd ym mhlwyf Llanwnda.

Mae sgan cyflym o’r Wê yn dangos bod aelodau o’r teulu Roblyn wedi ymfudo o Sir Benfro i Ganada slawer dydd. Yn sicr mae  yma stori i’w hadrodd …..gydag ychydig mwy o ymchwil……

CONTRACT.—We are informed that the contract for the erection of two shops in West street for Messrs J Roblyn and Co., has been given to Messrs David Morgan Co., builders, Brodog. 21-2-1907 The County Echo  (The position of these shops can be seen by looking carefully for a small ‘Roblyn’ sign on the left of this ‘West Street’  photo).

Death. June 8th, at Lower Fishguard, Mr John Roblyn, aged 43 years.13-6-1907 The County Echo 

The death took place on Monday last, at Lower Fishguard, of Mrs Mary Roblyn at the advanced age of 77 years, mother of the late Mr John Roblyn, of the West end Boot Stores, who died some ten months ago. Mrs Roblyn had resided at Fishguard all her lifetime, and was a faithful member of Tower Hill C.M. Church. The funeral took place yesterday at the Methodist Cemetery, the Revs D P David and Thomas Garnon officiating very impressively. 23-4-1908 The County Echo 

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